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Crime spike in Fryelands has neighbors buzzing 
MONROE ­ A spike in crime activity in the Fryelands area the week of July 16 has piqued Monroe Police Department interest and heightened local residents’ concerns.
There were seven reports on July 16 alone of vehicle prowls and more prowls in the neighborhood through the weekend, Police Department spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.
Police have not arrested the thieves yet, Willis said last week.
“We did see a small spike last week,” Willis said. “The vehicle prowls mostly occurred during the night and are reported the next day upon discovery. Items taken ranged from laptops, cell phones, cell phone cords, GPS devices and loose change.”
Members of the Facebook group Monroe Burglary Watchdog Group posted their concerns.
“We seriously have a problem in our town,” wrote Kay Apfelbeck.
Another group member posted seeing vehicle prowling at night.
“More car prowling in the Fryelands!” Jack Baldwin posted in all capital letters. He reported seeing people prowling in the early morning hours on three different occasions. 
Thieves broke his car window and stole “several hundred dollars” of CDs, he said.
The police department said it sees what is going on, but residents communicating incidents is important.
“The prowlers are most likely looking for items that can be sold for money and/or drugs,” Willis said. “We have had no arrests yet and continue to investigate these recent prowls. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if (they) hear breaking glass or see something suspicious.”
Ideas are circulating about what people can do to help, such as starting a volunteer neighborhood watch. 
“The Fryelands area is clearly under attack with a number of reported thefts, vehicle prowls and burglaries happening,” Monroe Burglary Watch group creator Debra Kolrud said. “The Monroe Burglary Watchdog Group provides a venue for community members to share burglary and theft information, alerting their neighbors and families of suspicious activity. Sharing this information makes us more aware of the depth of the problem we have in our community.”
The Facebook group has more than 1,000 members since starting up this spring.
 
How to discourage vehicle prowls:
· Keep vehicles locked with windows rolled up.
· Remove any items of value from the vehicle: Cameras, CD player/CDs, cell phones, checkbooks, clothing, credit cards, GPS units, garage door openers.
· When parked on the street, park near your house, leave exterior house lights on throughout the night.

 

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